2020-21 Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature

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!!!Currently Under Construction!!!

Please note: The ang070 module consists of

  • a seminar (S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature", offered in the current winter term),
  • a tutorial (TUT "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" [aka "Research Methods"], offered in the current winter term),
  • a seminar (S/Ü "Key Concepts in Cultural Studies", offered in the following summer term), and
  • a lecture (VL "Historical Background and Critical Concepts", offered in the following summer term).

All students beginning in the winter term 2020/21 need to enroll in one of the tutorials called TUT "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" (aka "Reasearch Methods"), AND in a seminar S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" in ang070. Registration is via Stud.IP.

On this page you will find detailed information on the ten courses of our seminar S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature".


Courses: S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature"

S/Ü "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" Course Outline "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature"

Revision: Ü "Revision Course"

Ü "Revision Course" Course Outline "Revision Course"

Tutorials: TUT "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature"

  • 3.02.056 - Tutorin: Antonia Schepers - Mon, 18:00-20:00 Room: online
  • 3.02.057 - Tutorin: Clara Sophie Schenck - Tue, 18:00-20:00 Room: online
  • 3.02.058 - Tutorin: Tabea Hirsch - Wed, 18:00-20:00 Room: online
  • 3.02.059 - Tutorin: Lea Behrens - Thu, 18:00-19:00 Room: online
  • 3.02.060 - Tutor: Matthias Himstedt - Tue, 08:00-10:00 Room: online
  • 3.02.061 - Tutorin: Johannes Pütter - Wed, 08:00-10:00 Room: online
  • 3.02.062 - Tutorin: Miriam Goy - Tue, 08:00-10:00 Room: online
  • 3.02.063 - Tutor: Simon Freisem - Mon, 08:00-10:00 Room: online

TUT "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature" Course Outline "Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature"

Sonstiges: Plenumsveranstaltung für Mitteilungen und Rundmails an alle Kurse (bitte alle eintragen)

  • 3.02.050 - Informationen zum Basismodul ang070

This seminar is part of the Basismodul ang070 and focuses on techniques of textual analysis in the context of discussing literature. We are offering eight parallel courses. Please make sure that you are registered under ONE of these in Stud.IP.

All parallel courses have a common structure. The texts for our courses will come from a common pool, though each course may focus on different text passages.

The "analytical tools" presented on the handouts will be discussed at the beginning of each meeting and then applied to the texts. The additional reading on which the handouts are based is not obligatory, and it can be done either before or after each session.

Both the texts and the other materials will be made accessible to you electronically (cf. the links below). In addition you will need to purchase two books:

  • Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ed. Sukanta Chaudhuri. The Arden Shakespeare, third series. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. Print.
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Ed. Katherine Linehan. New York and London: Norton, 2003. Print.

Course work: You will be asked to write three ungraded exercise assignments (analysing poetry, drama, and fiction, respectively; max. 3 pages each) and produce a research paper outline and a problem-oriented sample analysis of a relevant passage (RPO+, 6 pages, due on February 28). Both the outline and the sample analysis are preparatory steps for the research papers you will be asked to produce in future seminars. For this RPO+ you will need to find your own topic to work on, document the preliminary work (this includes finding an appropriate title, writing a paragraph on the state of the art of your problem and one that describes your problem and your goal, and presenting a tentative table of contents as well as a short bibliography) and write up a formal and genre-specific analysis of a passage that fits in with the research question and thesis statement put forward in your RPO. All assignments are to be formatted according to the style sheet.


Three useful links for all assignments:


Session One, October 21/22/23: Introduction

Welcome

Analytical Tools

Texts

Skills and Activities

Preliminaries for seminar communication.

Session Two, October 28/29/30: Analysing Poetry I: Poetic Conventions, Rhyme and Metre

Analytical Tools

Texts

Skills and Activities

Structural approach to poetry: communicative situation, themes, metrics and language. Acquire a basic checklist of what to look (first) for in a poem. Recapitulate the basics of metrics and rhyme patterns. Recognise the features of a particular genre and genre conventions: the sonnet.

Session Three, November 04/05/06: Analysing Poetry II: Figurative Speech

Analytical Tools

Texts

Skills and Activities

Figurative language, interplay. Spot metaphors, similes, etc. the metric pattern and valorise the points where it is broken. Reinforce basic checklist of previous week. Analyse particular features of poetic language (figures of speech, metrical effects).

Session Four, November 11/12/13: Analysing Poetry III: Close Reading

Analytical Tools

Texts

Skills and Activities

Figurative language, interplay. Spot metaphors, similes, etc. the metric pattern and valorise the points where it is broken. Reinforce basic checklist of previous week. Analyse particular features of poetic language (figures of speech, metrical effects).

    Assignment I: Poetry
    Sample Solution Assignment I: Poetry

Session Five, November 18/19/20: Analysing Drama I: Rhetoric

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Skills and Activities

A speech from the Shakespeare play

Session Six, November 25/26/27: Analysing Drama II: Dramatic Communication and Plot Structure

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Skills and Activities

Dramatic Structures and Communication; Exposition.

Session Seven, December 02/03/04: Analysing Drama III: Characterisation

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Skills and Activities

Characters and Genre Aspects.

[Assignment II: Drama]
[Sample solution assignment II: Drama]

Session Eight, December 09/10/11: Critical Debate and Literary Theory I

Material

Texts

Skills and Activities

Theory and Critical Discussion. Secondary Material.

Session Nine, December 16/17/18: Analysing Fiction I: Narration and Focalisation

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Skills and Activities

Narration, Focalization.

Session Ten, January 06/07/08: Analysing Fiction II: Characterisation

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Skills and Activities

Characterisation.

Session Eleven, January 13/14/15: Analysing Fiction III: From Close Reading to Problem-Oriented Textual Analysis

Analytical Tools

Texts

  • Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Skills and Activities

Close Reading

  [Assignment III: Fiction]
  [Sample Solution Assignment III: Fiction]

Session Twelve, January 20/21/22: Critical Debate and Literary Theory II

Material

Texts

Homework

  • What kind of RPO+ would precede this kind of secondary text? While reading the text, deduce and reconstruct the parts relevant to an RPO+: (1) research problem, (2) thesis statement, (3) state of research, (4) argumentative structure.

Skills and Activities

Theory and Critical Discussion. Secondary Material.

Session Thirteen, January 27/28/29: Recap

Assignments Poetry, Drama, Fiction

Session Fourteen, February 03/04/05: RPO+ Projects

Skills and Activities

Brief Report on 'Work in Progress': Your Term Paper Projects

     Assignment IV: RPO+